One of the interesting things that occurs in business is the evolution as people struggling in the trenches take matters into their own hands, or as employees get the inspiration to take off on their own with an innovative approach to address a unique challenge. A group of former Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware engineers teamed up to develop ContainerX, which they call an all-inclusive, ready-to-go container platform designed for enterprise IT admins.
Containers are nothing new and there is already a wide array of major players in the market. Docker is a household name, and tech giants including Microsoft, IBM, and Intel have developed container technologies. The founders of ContainerX, however, set out to address a challenge they perceived—to create a comprehensive container platform to enable IT admins to implement, manage, and maintain a container ecosystem more quickly and easily than competing container solutions.
“With traditional virtual machine infrastructures, enterprise IT faces two fundamental issues: operating system management and the lack of application-level agility. Containers have the potential to address both of these critical issues and therefore become a fundamental building block of the datacenter of the future,” explained Kiran Kamity, CEO and co-founder of ContainerX. “ContainerX is a plug-n-play container platform that is designed specifically for IT admins who are not looking for a DIY project. It is transforming the enterprise journey, shaping data centers of the future and furthering the promise of containers.”
ContainerX lists a variety of features and benefits that it believes set its container platform apart.
• All-in-one platform
• Enterprise-grade management
• Comprehensive solution
• Highly resilient
• Multi-tenant and isolated
• Horizontally scalable
• Elastic Container Clusters
Just how unique or innovative these benefits and features are, however, is certainly open for debate. ContainerX surveyed “several” Global 5000 IT teams and came to the conclusion that IT admins are reluctant to embrace containers unless there’s a way to centrally manage the container infrastructure, and an ability for developer self-service using the Docker command line.
ContainerX claims to solve those primary issues and more. It’s not a revelation, though, that IT admins want centrally-managed solutions. The Holy Grail of IT administration is some sort of universal single pane of glass that can automagically monitor, manage, and control the entire IT ecosystem. ContainerX also isn’t unique or alone in seeking to provide a simpler means of implementing container technologies, or a streamlined method of monitoring and managing containers.
I’m not knocking ContainerX. I have no reason to doubt its claims. I’m simply pointing out that most of the claims are standard operating procedure—sort of table stakes for playing in the container market. By all means, take a look at what ContainerX has to offer and compare it against other container technologies and platforms to see if it’s right for your organization.
To register for ContainerX’s beta or to inquire about pricing, please sign up at: http://containerx.io/.